M.H. “Marty” Betts of Merrillan, Wisconsin, passed away on November 4, 2023, at the age of 77.
Marty Betts was born in LaFarge, Wisconsin to Hugh and Laura Elsie (Hewuse) Betts on September 10, 1946.

He attended high school at Harlem High School in Loves Park, Illinois, where he was active in a
variety of sports including football, track, and wrestling. He later graduated with the class of ‘64.
Following graduation, Marty studied Business Administration at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois,
before continuing his studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Always one with a strong
work ethic, Marty spent his summers as an iron worker, erecting structural steel, metal buildings, and
tying rebar.

After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1968, Marty enlisted in the United States Army,
where he served in the Vietnam War with the 101 st Infantry Division. For his service, Marty received
numerous achievement and commendation medals, including the Army Commendation Medal. Back in
the states, Marty was stationed at Ft. Campbell where he completed his flight training. He maintained a
private pilot’s license long after leaving the armed services. Marty was a lifelong member of the
American Legion and VFW.

Upon leaving the military, Marty returned to Illinois and began work with the Illinois Career Training
Center as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer. He then went to work for
WROK/WZOK where he oversaw sales and radio advertising. In 1982 Marty opened his own public
relations and full-service advertisement firm, and later opened ABC Auto Parts and Machine Shop in 1946.

In 1990, Marty returned to WROK/WZOK where he worked as an account executive until his
In 1998 Marty met the love of his life, Susan Ault. They were later married on June 24 th , 2003, in Eureka
Springs, Arkansas.
Marty and Susan were avid travelers, visiting all the continental United States; even traveling by hot air
balloon and submarine. Some of these trips included river cruises, where “Party Marty” would entertain
guests and crew alike as the MC. In his spare time, Marty loved to traverse the open road on his
motorcycle or hit the trails on an ATV. Marty and Susan made a second home in Texas, where they
would often stay to escape the frigid Wisconsin winters.
Marty is survived by his wife, Susan, of 20 years, sister Carol (Bill) Tratnik, sons Sean, Jason, Joshua
(Jana) Signer, grandchildren Stephanie, Jaiden, Desirae, and Claira Jo, and three great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are Marty’s dog, Whiskey, his two best friends Rick and Jerry, as well as numerous friends
and relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Laura Elsie Betts.
A Celebration of life will be held at the VFW in Roscoe, Illinois, at a later date. For updates on service
information and dates, please check for updates at http://www.facebook.com/sean.betts.399
There will never be anyone else quite like Marty, and those who knew him will miss him dearly.

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